Scoutmaster Award of Merit (Was Re: White knot)
settummanque, or blackeagle (blkeagle@DYNASTY.NET)
Sat, 23 Aug 1997 21:07:08 -0500
Donald Dillion must have seen this office room through his monitor; on the
corner of the desk here, *just happens* to be a copy of the Scoutmaster
Award of Merit (what he called the "white knot" for the color of the square
The Scoutmaster Award of Merit is an interim training award for Scoutmasters
ONLY (presently; previous efforts to get this same recognition for Varsity
Team Coaches, Explorer Advisors or Skippers or for Cubmasters have failed in
the last four attempts.....attempt number five is coming this spring, so
cross them fingers and toes and "even Uncle Joe!")
Small history lesson, if you'll permit me, Don....otherwise, just scroll on
down about four screens and you'll find the requirements *smiling*!
With the start of the National Eagle Scout Association, the new group
decided to make available a special NESA Scoutmaster Award to one
Scoutmaster for each of the BSA's then 28 Regional Areas on a yearly basis.
The idea was to recognize those many Scoutmasters that have rendered a
quality Troop program and that have produced many successful Scouts as part
of the process. The problem was, the award was viewed by many across the
nation as "the Eaglemaker" award, and many local Councils decided to "match
our BEST "Eaglemaker" against every other Council's "best Eaglemaker" in the
same Area. Lots of Councils decided to opt out of the program over the
years, and it was getting harder and harder to get "recommendations" from
lots of Councils, especially lots of the "top 50 local Councils"!!
At the same time, Ben Love came into the National Office, and Ben was a
strong believer in lots of things (positively and negatively, I'm mentioning
a positive item for this posting! *smiling*) including the desire to
recognize LARGER numbers of Scouters. It was Ben Love that put the
signature to the development of a larger number of square knots, for
instance, to recognize more than "those that give us large amounts of
money". He "ran into" Scouters that wore that "white knot" up in upstate
New York on a speaking engagement and came back with a great idea based on
their existing idea: Why don't we recognize EVERY Scoutmaster that stays
with us for a couple of years with a knot....nothing else, just a knot and a
piece of paper and a "thank you!"
It worked, and the existing NESA Scoutmaster Awards (a really nice plaque,
by the way...very expensive!) were converted to the present Award: The
award consists of a special certificate, a square knot and a jacket patch.
It is awarded to Scoutmasters based upon local Council approval and UNIT
Here's how to earn it:
1. A Scoutmaster (only the Scoutmaster can earn this; not an Assistant
Scoutmaster) must be registered currently and for the past 18 months.
2. His or her Troop must have earned the Quality Unit Award at least once
during his or her tenure.
3. He or she must have completed Scoutmaster Fundamentals (there's not a
"grandfather clause" here for those that have completed the older training
courses, so it's Scoutmaster Fundamentals.....
(Before you start hitting the *reply* button, this is from the 1994 version
of BSA form 58-413; I too have older forms which say "...or equivelent"
but that's not what *this form* says)
4. Have a record of proper use of the Boy Scout advancement program
resulting in a majority of his or her Boy Scouts attaining First Class rank
5. Have a record of :
* Development of boy leadership through the patrol method
* Positive relations with the Troop's Chartered Organization
* A Positive image of Scouting in the community
* An extensive outdoor program including strong summer camp attendance
* A troop operations which attracts and retains Boy Scouts.
The Troop Committee Chair nominates the Scoutmaster on behalf of the Patrol
Leaders' Council and the Troop's Committee.
The nomination is certified by the unit's Commissioner and forwared to the
local Council for approval.
The Council Executive and the Council's Commissioner approves the award and
sends it onward to National for the certificate. The award is presented to
the Scoutmaster usually at District or Council-level programs.
Hope this helps you out....and *stop looking around my messy office!!
I'll get it cleaned up one of these days!* *laughter*
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